Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Homemade" Baked Pita Chips

When I entertain my friends and family, I love to put out several appetizers for them to snack on. Quite often, I do it tapas style, and serve only appetizers.  This is fun for guests as it allows many different types of food for all kinds of appetites and diets.  However it can be a lot of work for the host to make many dishes, so when I can make something that is tastier, healthier, cheaper and requires almost no extra effort, you better believe that is going on the menu almost every time.  My baked pita chips are a fantastic way to jazz up your veggie tray or cheese plate.  They pair wonderfully with any dip you may serve, such as hummus or spinach dip.  Next time you think to pick up a bag of chips from the store, try this recipe out instead.  Your guests will be impressed and you might never buy store bought ones again!

Here is what you need:

1 package of Pita Bread or Flat Bread
1-2 tbsp of Olive Oil
1/4 tsp of Kosher Salt
1/4 tsp of Cracked Pepper
1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder
1/8 tsp of Italian Seasoning

You will bake your chips at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

This might be the shortest blog recipe you will ever read.  First, you are going to cut the pita into triangle chips.

Next, arrange your chips on a baking sheet or two, being careful to not overlap any of the pieces.  Then drizzle your olive oil and the rest of your ingredients on your chips.

Bake your chips at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on how crispy you like them.  I like mine crisp on the outside, yet a little chewy in the middle.  Keep on eye on them to make sure they do not burn.

Does any pita chip from a bag look this amazing?

And...well, you are done!  Fresh, warm pita chips is such a treat and they smell so good when cooking.  Your guest will walk into your house knowing they are in for something special by the delicious aroma greeting them at the front door.  And it is so simple!  Please give it a try and let me know what you think!

You can absolutely change the seasoning on these.  To make them sweet, add cinnamon and sugar instead of the savory toppings.  You can also switch up the savory and add cumin to make them smokey or red pepper flakes to make them spicy.